According to a report by Canadian network TSN, the Hurricanes are close to finalizing a one-year, two-way deal with Patrick O'Sullivan, the first NHL player from North Carolina.
"He will be in Raleigh for a physical, and we are trying to finalize a deal," Hurricanes general manager Jim Rutherford said Thursday night in a statement relased via Twitter.
O'Sullivan grew up in Winston-Salem while his father John was playing minor-league hockey there, but ended up moving to Michigan and Canada to play youth and junior hockey -- all the while enduring an abusive relationship with his father that would come to light as the 2003 draft approached.
Given the uncertainty over his personal life, O'Sullivan slipped to the second round, where the Minnesota Wild took him 56th overall. He has 54 goals and 149 points in 280 career NHL games with the Los Angeles Kings and Edmonton Oilers.
As for his North Carolina roots, Winston-Salem was listed as O'Sullivan's official birthplace heading into the 2003 draft, but the NHL has since changed it to Toronto. In either case, he learned to play the game in Winston-Salem before leaving for a better level of competition.
He was briefly a member of the Hurricanes in 2009, arriving from Los Angeles in the Justin Williams trade before the Canes flipped him to Edmonton in the Erik Cole trade.